US supports EU towards closer cooperation with Eastern Partnership member states
"The United States expressed strong support for the efforts of the EU towards closer cooperation and partnership with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine," US deputy department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on the results of the recent Riga summit, TASS Russian news agency reported.
"We are committed to supporting further initiatives that promote democracy and good governance, strengthen energy security, the fight against corruption and support economic and social development in the countries of "Eastern Partnership"," she said.
In her view, "this is especially important during a time of increased Russian pressure and disinformation in the region."
The US State Department claimed that Russia is putting pressure on the countries of "Eastern Partnership".
"The United States congratulates Latvia for hosting a successful summit as the Presidency of the Council of the European Union," Harf said.
Eastern Partnership envisages the political association and economic integration of the EU with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The last three countries signed an agreement on associated partnership with the EU in 2014.